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Macon County Poultry Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Cooperative extension office in Franklin. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information call (828)369-3916.

Taste of Scotland Committee will meet Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in Room M2 of First Presbyterian Church. Bring department updates and information and a friend.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides 5k will be held on May 1, check-in 5:30 p.m., walk 6 p.m., at the Big Bear Shelter. Great Strides provides an opportunity for people within the community to get involved in a great cause. Participants can form walk teams at their workplace, through their clubs and organizations, or with friends and family. For more information, go to

UU Fellowship Beautiful Border Gardens Eco Forum will be held on Friday, May 1, bring a covered dish to share at 5:30 p.m., free program 6:30 p.m., at the UU Fellowship Hall, 89 Sierra Drive, Franklin. Marge Abel will describe some of the many ways to create sensational walkways, fences and foundations. For more information, call (828)524-3691.

Macon County Public Health Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be held on Saturday, May 2. Area veterinarians will vaccinate dogs, cats, and ferrets over four months of age, as required by N.C. state law. The cost is $10 (cash only) per pet and all pets should be kept in vehicles, on leashes, or in carriers. Franklin Veterinary Hospital will be at Iotla Valley Elementary School,10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Rabun Animal Hospital will be at South Macon Elementary School, 1 to 3 p.m.; Noah’s Ark will be at Mountain View Intermediate School, 1 to 3 p.m.; Animal House will be at East Franklin Elementary School, 9 to 11 a.m. Call (828)349-2490 for a recorded schedule of locations and times.

Annual General Membership Meeting of the Friends of the Macon County Public Library will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. The meeting will be in conjunction with the dedication of the Virginia Ramsey Brunner Memorial Garden. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Macon County Public Library at (828)524-3600 or

"Free will or fate - what determines the future?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. (Below and behind Books Unlimited.) Those interested in an exchange of ideas (dialogue not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.

Mountain Voices, a Community Chorus for Men and Women will practice on Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., in the choir room of First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla St. New singers are welcome to attend. For more information, call 524-3644.

Franklin Garden Club Monthly Luncheon on Monday, May 4, 11:30 a.m., at the Boiler Room Restaurant in the Fun Factory off of South Georgia Road. Visitors are welcome. Call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020 if you plan to attend. The program will be on Hydroponic Gardening, by Roger Beady, Master Gardener.

Senior Center Travelog D.V.D. on the Caribbean will be shown on Tuesday, May 5, 1 p.m. in the large conference room. The senior center is located at 108 Wayah St.

Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum Semi-annual Open Meeting will be held on May 5, 6 p.m., at Grace Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall located at 360 1st St. Bring a covered dish and join us for an evening of good food and entertainment. George James will perform Celtic vocals with guitar. Anyone interested is welcome to join in the fellowship and some Scottish Trivia, too.

Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday May 5, 6:30 p.m., at East Laporte picnic area. Bring a covered dish. The club will provide the meat and drinks. The club will not meet in June, July and August but will resume on Sept. 1.

Jackson County Public Library in Sylva Basic Introduction to Microsoft Word Class will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 5:45 p.m. The 90-minute class will show participants how to create new documents, edit and save documents, and do other basic word processing tasks using Microsoft Word.The class participants must have basic computer knowledge, such as keyboard and mouse skills. The free class is limited to the first 16 people who register. To do so, or for more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.

Brasstown Ringers “Springtime Potpourri” Concert will be held on Friday, May 8, 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary of 1st United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave. Brasstown Ringers has created a handbell program that covers numerous musical genres. The concert is free with a good-will offering taken at the end of the program.

Sustainable Mountain Living Communities Free Gardening Class Maintaining Your Healthy Garden will be held on Monday, May 11, 6 p.m. at the Clayton Municipal Complex, Hwy. 76 West. Brooks Franklin, owner of Leah Lake Farm in Otto, will guide you on evaluating and determining non-toxic treatments for a range of common pests and diseases and discuss good gardening practices such as weed control, mulching and proper irrigation. Registration is free. For information, call (706)782-7978 or visit on Facebook at SMLCinc.

American Legion Macon Post 108 Annual Election of Officers will be held on Tuesday, May 12, at the Post Home, 614 W. Main St. in Franklin. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend and vote. For more information, contact the Post Adjutant at (828)524-9293 or (828)508-5798.

Coffee With a Cop will be held on Friday May 29, 8:30 a.m., at the Motor Company Grill on Main Street.

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers to help at the thrift store. Call (828)369-3046 for information about the store or the shelter at (828)524-4588 if you are interested in volunteering.

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